About 2 months ago I started wearing eye glasses for the first time in my life (progressive lenses) and now my preferred binoculars before glasses have too short of eye relief to use with my glasses and I do want binoculars that will work with my glasses - it’s too much of a pain to take the glasses off to use the binoculars.
17mm of eye relief appears not to be enough, at least not with the Celestron Trailseeker 8x42 binoculars that I received yesterday - an obviously reduced field of view with glasses on compared to the full 426’ without glasses.
Now I’m considering the Vanguard Spirit XF 8x42, which has 409’ field of view, 20mm eye relief and 6.5’ close focus for $159 from B&H.
Does anyone have any other suggestions? I’d prefer to stay below $200, but would consider up to $300 for a better with-glasses bird viewing experience. Maybe a bit higher, if needed. I want accurate colors and crisp details.
There’s so much information out there that it’s really difficult to narrow it down and make any sense out of it.
There are plenty of excellent options for non-glasses wearers, but apparently pretty limited options for glasses wearers - at least for glasses that don’t sit close to the wearer’s eyes.
I’m also looking into the possibility of getting a second set of eye glasses that would have smaller lenses that fit closer to my eye, therefore requiring shorter eye relief on the binoculars and greatly increasing model options.
In addition to the 8x42 size, I’ll be looking for a more compact pair for travel that will work well with glasses and fairly will with bird/wildlife watching.